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According to Kong Company’s website, separation anxiety peaks in the first 20 minutes after a dog is left alone. A stuffed Kong allows your husky to associate being left alone with positive things.
This lessens those peaks of anxiety. It also aids in the overall oral hygiene of your pup. The natural rubber of the toy helps promote clean teeth, control plaque and remove food particles.
Kong chew toys also stimulate mental exercise which is vital for your husky’s health and mood. This minimizes destructive behavior due to boredom. You can stuff your Kong with anything that your dog can eat.
But sometimes it’s hard to get creative with different fillings. Here are some suggestions as well as a few home recipes if you want to make something truly special and keep it interesting.
15. Homemade Kong Recipes for Huskies
Surprising your husky with homemade Kong recipes once in a while will keep things mentally stimulating for them. Not to mention, keep days more fun and exciting!
1. Frozen Pineapple Yogurt Bites
This recipe has only two ingredients. There isn’t anything healthier than that! The fresh flavors of the pineapple mixed with the creamy taste of yogurt is sure to get your husky excited.
- 2-3 Tbsp Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- Chopped Pineapple
- Treat Molds
First, you must blend the yogurt and pineapple pieces together until it is a smooth consistency. You can add a little water to speed up the process.
The second step is pouring the mixture into your molds and place in the freezer. Depending on the size you could add them to a Classic KONG toy.
What are the benefits of this recipe?
Low-fat yogurt is high in protein. Calcium acts as a probiotic to help support a healthy digestive tract for pets that are tolerant of dairy products.
2. Apple Pie
Is your pup in the mood for dessert? Make them apple pie stuffing!
- 1 Cored and Diced Apple
- 3 Tbsp of Cornstarch
- ½ Tbsp of Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup of Apple Juice (no added sugar)
Combine all prepared ingredients in a bowl. Heat the contents on the stove or in a microwave until the liquid is gone. Let cool completely. Then you are ready to stuff the mixture into your Kong.
3. Cheesy Elvis
Cheese and peanut butter – what a combination together!
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 3 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
- 1 Slice of Cheese
Combine all ingredients and mix until blended well. Fill the Kong and freeze overnight.
4. The Mash
This simple receipt includes no-salt mashed potatoes mixed with crushed dog biscuits.
5. Fiber Crunch
Combine bran cereal with peanut butter. Fill the Kong and freeze.
6. Jerky Pops
Seal the tiny hole of the Kong with peanut butter. Fill the Kong to the rim with water and some low-sodium beef or chicken broth. Place a stick or two of beef jerky inside the Kong and freeze overnight. This recipe can get messy. Therefore, it may be best to make this a backyard treat.
7. Breakfast to Go
Who doesn’t like eggs for breakfast?
- 2 Scrambled Eggs
- Small chunks of cheddar cheese
After scrambling the two eggs, simply mix in the chunks of cheddar cheese and fill your Husky’s Kong. What a breakfast!
8. Banana Split
- 1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt
- 1 Mashed Banana
- 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
Mix all ingredients together and fill your Kong.
9. Fruity Oats
- ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 Tbsp Apple Sauce
- 1 Chopped Banana
- 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
Mix all ingredients together and fill your Kong.
10. Fruity Freeze
- Plain or Greek Yogurt
- A Handful of Blueberries
- 1 Whole Banana
Mash the blueberries, banana, and yogurt together in a bowl. Spoon the blended mix into the Kong and freeze before serving. Blueberries can help support cardiovascular and urinary tract health due to its high antioxidants and vitamin C levels.
11. Dogs Dinner
- ¼ Cup Cooked Rice
- 1 Tbsp No-Sodium Chicken or Beef Stock
- 1 Tbs Peas
- 1 Tbsp Carrots (Grated)
Blend all ingredients together, fill the Kong and freeze overnight.
- Cooked Rice
- Plain or Greek Yogurt or Kefir
Mix the yogurt and rice together and stuff it into the Kong. You can serve this snack immediately or freeze it. This Kong recipe is good to ease the stomach. Reason being the blandness of the white rice coupled with the good bacteria of the yogurt works to aid in digestion.
13. Honey Nut Bliss
- Greek or Plain Yogurt
- 1 Whole Banana
- 1 Spoonful of Peanut Butter
- Dash of Honey
Mash the banana and combine it with the yogurt, peanut butter and honey. Fill the Kong and either serve immediately or freeze first. According to BarkThink, besides its antibacterial properties which can help with GI issues (overgrowth of harmful bacteria, gastritis, IBD, colitis, etc.); honey can also help desensitize your dog’s body against seasonal allergies due to the minute amount of local pollen that it contains.
14. Pumpkin Butter
- Pureed Canned Pumpkin
- Tahini Paste or Peanut Butter
Instructions: Blend all ingredients together and fill the Kong. This can be served immediately or frozen first. Tahini, or sesame seed paste, is a positive source of calcium and zinc. These minerals are essential for health bone development and maintenance.
15. Calming Cheese
- A Portion of your Husky’s Kibble
- A Spoonful of Cottage Cheese
- A Chunk of Banana
Fill the Kong half way with kibble. Then add ¾ of the cottage cheese and shake the Kong to mix. Add the remaining kibble and pack it tightly. Cap the opening with the chunk of banana. Cottage cheese contains ‘casein’ protein amino acids, which the body converts into natural opioids that can cause a calming effect for your canine friend. This is particularly useful to help dogs with separation anxiety feel more relaxed alone.
Best Ingredients for Kong Recipes
Here are more ingredients you can add to your own homemade kong recipes!
It’s no secret that dogs love peanut butter. Placing peanut butter inside your husky’s Kong will keep them busy and mentally stimulated as they enjoy their loved snack!
When choosing the right peanut butter, it is important to search for brands that make natural, xylitol-free peanut butter.
Xylitol is usually used as a sugar substitute in things like peanut butter, gum and candies. It is a naturally occurring alcohol that is non-toxic for human consumption. Key words: human consumption. According to research, It is extremely toxic for our furry friends and can actually cause hypoglycemia, seizures and liver failure.
We recommend choosing a peanut butter with peanuts as the only ingredient. You can’t go wrong there!
Pumpkin is a natural source of fiber. It can settle a dog’s upset stomach. Pumpkin can aid in constipation or diarrhea. You can cook pumpkin from scratch, mash it or puree to your liking. Be sure not to add any additional salt.
Pumpkin contains Vitamin A which is essential for optimal eye health. It can aid in night blindness and other eye degeneration. This vegetable also contains vitamins A, C, E and other antioxidants, which are important nutritional requirements for huskies.
Other benefits of pumpkin include:
- Aid in weight loss
- Prevent urinary incontinence
- Moisturize your husky’s skin and coat
- Control parasites and provides hydration
- Pumpkin can also reduce anal gland issues
It is always a good idea to start with small quantities to avoid too much fiber and too much vitamin A. There is such thing as too much of a good thing! One to two tablespoons to begin with is suggested.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables your husky can eat include:
- Apples (without the seeds)
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Green beans
- Mango (without the pit)
- Potatoes (must be cooked)
- Sweet potato
Foods your husky shouldn’t eat include: asparagus, avocado, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, lemon, mushrooms, onion, plums and tomatoes.
Wet, Canned or Dehydrated Dog Food
This makes for a quick Kong filling that does not disappoint. It will keep your husky occupied while providing nutrition they are used to enjoying.
Plain Greek-style yogurt is the best choice when using yogurt to stuff your KONG treats. Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium and probiotics. All of these boost your dog’s immune system and help with upset stomachs.
This makes for a great snack for your husky. It is easy to fill your Kong with. Unsweetened applesauce is also exciting for your pup to try and get out of the Kong.
Just make sure that any sauce you add doesn’t have any chemical additives. These won’t be great for their tummy. Most sauces are highly processed with many chemical additives!
Using your dog’s favorite treats to stuff your Kong is always makes for a great snack that is easily accessible.
The Kong Company manufactures a variety of treats to stuff your Kong with. There are many options depending on the Kong chew toy you have as well as the size of your dog.
Check out our list of the best dog treats for huskies.
Cottage cheese in moderation is an acceptable snack for your husky. The low content of dairy in cottage cheese makes it a safer than other cheese options. The amount protein and calcium make cottage cheese healthy and filled with nutrients.
Theses vegetables are a loved dog treat. They are best cooked in order to soften the carrot. This helps avoid choking and damaging their teeth. They are a nutritious option filled with vitamins B, C, D, E and K.
Unlike carrots, sweet potatoes must be cooked before feeding them to your loved pup. Boiled and mashed or cubed and roasted (without seasoning) are great options to stuff your Kong with.
How to Clean a Kong
Cleaning your Kong is also an essential aspect of using this toy. It is crucial to ensure that the Kong is thoroughly cleaned to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria that can harm your husky’s health.
According to kongcompany.com, the best way to clean your Kong is rinsing it with warm water and dish soap. At times it may be difficult to fully clean things like dried peanut butter. In this case, you can try soaking the Kong in warm water and dish soap before rinsing them off. This may help loosen up the dried food particles and make it easier to get out.
You can use a bottle brush, an old tooth brush or even a chopstick to get into the corners of the inside of your Kong. Rinse the Kong thoroughly to prevent any leftover dish soap lingering in the chew toy.
All Kong toys are top-rack dishwasher safe. If you choose to wash it in your dishwasher, make sure to skip the drying cycle to prevent the chew toy from melting when exposed to excess heat.
Kong Company recommends having a few extra stuffed Kongs in your freezer in case they are being washed in your machine.
Kongs can be a great tool to keep your husky engaged, entertained, and mentally stimulated. Choosing the right ingredients for your Kong can make all the difference in keeping your pup happy and healthy. By using high-quality proteins, vegetables, and fruits, you can create healthy and delicious treats that will keep your husky occupied for hours.
Homemade Kong recipes are an excellent way to provide your husky with healthy and tasty snacks, and they can be easily customized to your dog’s preferences and dietary needs. By using natural and wholesome ingredients, you can avoid the preservatives and artificial flavors that are often found in store-bought treats.
If your husky likes health treats, they’ll love our top picks for the best dog food for huskies. 👈
What Kong recipes have you tried with your husky?
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Further reading: Best Dog Bowls for Huskies